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Phuket Predicts Increase in Hotel Bookings for Songkran Festival

 

PHUKET (NNT) - The southern province of Phuket is expecting a 10% rise in hotel bookings during the upcoming Songkran festival, following the months-long promotion of the government’s “We Travel Together” tourism stimulus campaign throughout the country.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290703-phuket-predicts-increase-in-hotel-bookings-for-songkran-festival/

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Health Ministry says no XBB.1.16 COVID sub-variant cases in Thailand yet

 

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The Thai Ministry of Public Health is closely monitoring the spread of the new XBB.1.16 COVID-19 sub-variant in India. It has not yet been detected in Thailand, according to Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290736-health-ministry-says-no-xbb116-covid-sub-variant-cases-in-thailand-yet/

 

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Fires at Khao Laem in Nakhon Nayok under control, but still burning

 

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Bushfires at Khao Laem in Thailand’s Nakhon Nayok province are now under control, but they are still burning in limited area, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa said tonight (Thursday).

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290737-fires-at-khao-laem-in-nakhon-nayok-under-control-but-still-burning/

 

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Mystery ฿6 million to be traced after Chuwit outwits detractors again by calling in the police
by James Morris and Son Nguyen

 

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Top lawyer Sittha Biabangkerd, on Thursday, visited the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) Central Investigation Police Reporting Center on the Phaholyothin Road in the Chatuchak area of Bangkok at 5 pm and stayed until 7.30 pm approximately. It followed a visit between Mr Chuwit Kamolvisit and Police Lieutenant General Jiraphat Phuridet on Tuesday which is to be followed by a visit on Friday where the anti-corruption activist will hand over ฿6 million in cash, an attempted bribe paid to him in early February which he had originally donated to charity.


Over the last six weeks, Mr Chuwit’s anti-corruption crusade has moved on to politics and his attacks on the Bhumjaithai Party.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290738-mystery-฿6-million-to-be-traced-after-chuwit-outwits-detractors-again-by-calling-in-the-police/

 

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Dutch Man Arrested at Phuket Airport for Entering and Staying in Thailand Without Proper Documents
By Goongnang Suksawat

 

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Phuket – A Dutch man was arrested at Phuket International Airport for entering and staying in the Kingdom of Thailand without a proper permit or visa.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290740-dutch-man-arrested-at-phuket-airport-for-entering-and-staying-in-thailand-without-proper-documents/

 

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Prayut Not Going To Inspect Huge Fire, But Prawit Is Doing So
by TNR Staff 

 

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Firefighting helicopters helping put out the huge blaze, above and Front page, as it continues to rage across Nakhon Nayok mountains, below. Photo: JS100.com

 

PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Mar. 30) that he is too busy to go monitor efforts to put out a huge fire raging across three mountains in Nakhon Nayok but Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is free to do so in keeping with his duty, Naewna newspaper said.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290743-prayut-not-going-to-inspect-huge-fire-but-prawit-is-doing-so/

 

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Chiang Mai’s Air Ranks Worst Globally Several Days This Week
By Tanakorn Panyadee

 

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PHOTO: Thairath Online


The levels of carcinogenic particulate matter 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province has been deemed the worst in the world as of yesterday morning, March 29th.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290744-chiang-mai’s-air-ranks-worst-globally-several-days-this-week/

 

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Thailand's extreme air pollution: 'I feel sorry for my daughter'
By Tossapol Chaisamritpol & Joel Guinto
in Bangkok and Singapore

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Thommamoon Khowasat is worried about the lingering poor air quality in Chiang Rai

For the past few weeks, Thommamoon Khowasat has painstakingly explained to his four year-old daughter that the yellow cloud they see outside their window - which has tickled her imagination - is actually a danger to her health.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290754-thailands-extreme-air-pollution-i-feel-sorry-for-my-daughter/

 

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Tourists flee gang warfare on Bang Saen beach - trader says it happens frequently - no mention of police

 

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Thai Rath reported that gangs of around 20 young motorcyclists fought pitched battles at Bang Saen beach in Saensuk sub-district of Chonburi on Thailand's eastern seaboard last night.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290761-tourists-flee-gang-warfare-on-bang-saen-beach-trader-says-it-happens-frequently-no-mention-of-police/

 

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New program to boost sustainable food and health systems in ASEAN
 

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The United Nations just announced a program, in corporation with the European Union and Thailand, including the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and the Ministry of Public Health, to push South-South and Triangular Cooperation to boost sustainable food and health systems.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290763-new-program-to-boost-sustainable-food-and-health-systems-in-asean/

 

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A few bad apples or rotten to the core? Six cops jailed for life in police flats scandal

 

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Thai Rath reported that six police defendants in a police flats corruption scandal had been jailed for life by the Central Court for Corruption and Misconduct cases.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290764-a-few-bad-apples-or-rotten-to-the-core-six-cops-jailed-for-life-in-police-flats-scandal/

 

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All ASEAN NOW members can now use ChatGPT for free

 

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BANGKOK: — ASEAN NOW has launched another free service for its members. Members can now use the popular AI interface “ChatGPT” when they are logged in to our forum.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290768-all-asean-now-members-can-now-use-chatgpt-for-free/

 

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Young Thai motorcylist latest victim of Thailand's infamous hanging wires - but he was wearing a helmet!

 

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Daily News Thai Caption: Nearly lost his head

 

One of the seven wonders of the ancient world were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290772-young-thai-motorcylist-latest-victim-of-thailands-infamous-hanging-wires-but-he-was-wearing-a-helmet/

 

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Chiang Rai opens up to the world

 

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Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto made merit by donating money for a metal sheet in the shape of a Bodhi tree leaf and adding it to the Bodhi Tree sculpture at Wat Rong Khun.


Internationally acclaimed artists Tobias Rehberger, Ernesto Neto, Haegue Yang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Baan Nok Collective and Navin Rawanchaikul are amongst the headliners of the Thailand Biennale Chiang Rai 2023.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290774-chiang-rai-opens-up-to-the-world/

 

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MedPark Hospital Hosts Pre-Congress Courses for Kidney Experts

by Krajangwit Johjit

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - MedPark Hospital recently hosted pre-congress courses as part of the "World Congress of Nephrology 2023". The event brought together 240 nephrologists, researchers, and industry experts to discuss the latest science, intervention techniques, and technologies in Nephrology.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290778-medpark-hospital-hosts-pre-congress-courses-for-kidney-experts/

 

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Transport Company Plans 4,500 Daily Trips for Songkran Travel
by Krajangwit Johjit

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Transport Company has announced that state-owned and private buses and vans will be arranged to make 4,500 trips per day, carrying an estimated 60,000 people back home to the provinces from Bangkok for the upcoming long Songkran holidays.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290781-transport-company-plans-4500-daily-trips-for-songkran-travel/

 

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French woman lost on southern island - search underway

 

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Siam Rath reported that 191 had got an emergency call from a French tourist called Claire Drapeau, 29, who got lost on the island of Koh Adang in Satun, southern Thailand.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290782-french-woman-lost-on-southern-island-search-underway/

 

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Three Foreign Customers in Patong Child Sexual Exploitation Case Arrested, Three Escape
By Goongnang Suksawat

 

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Patong – Three foreign customers have been arrested while three other foreign customers have escaped in a child sexual exploitation case in Patong.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1290788-three-foreign-customers-in-patong-child-sexual-exploitation-case-arrested-three-escape/

 

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